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Life in Belfast

Shannan Healy

Key facts about Belfast

Belfast - a top ten destination

Belfast - a top European destination

Belfast is one of Europe’s most friendly and fashionable regional capitals. Described by Lonely Planet as a ‘must-see visitor destination’, it was also voted one of the world’s top 10 destinations by National Geographic Traveler in 2012. Referred to as a ‘treasure with an incredible atmosphere’, Belfast offers a variety of cultural, sporting, educational and social opportunities.

Belfast was recently revealed as the most affordable city for students to live and study in, as shown by the 2015 Student Living Index, conducted by NatWest. Read more information on student cost of living in Belfast and cost comparisons to other locations. 

Northern Ireland - a unique location

Northern Ireland - a unique location

Northern Ireland is renowned for its beautiful beaches and coastal scenery and has a fascinating history and cultural heritage that showcases stunning castles, monasteries and historic industry. It is the perfect UK study destination for students who want to easily explore Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe.

Lowest cost of living in the UK

Lowest cost of living in the UK

In Mercer's 2014 Worldwide Cost of Living survey, Belfast was recognised as having the lowest cost of living in the UK, making it an ideal student city.

Access all areas

Queen's campus: access all areas

Queen’s University’s historic, city-based campus is set in south Belfast, 15 minutes’ walk from the vibrant city centre. Travelling to and from Northern Ireland is easy and cheap.

Other major UK cities are within an hour’s flying time from Belfast’s two airports and are serviced by multiple daily flights. 

Student life in Belfast

The ultimate student city

Queen’s is at the heart of the city’s culture, arts and social scenes. Whatever the time of year, Belfast is the ultimate student city, offering a huge selection of places to shop, socialise, eat and relax – all within walking distance of the cosmopolitan University campus. No matter how large or small your budget is, or what your interests are, you are sure to find something to see and do in Belfast.

Entertainment in Belfast

Entertainment everywhere

Belfast boasts a wide range of entertainment venues: arenas, concert halls, theatres and clubs. Together they play host to stand-up comedy and theatrical performances, international artists, as well as world-class music festivals and events such as the MTV Europe Music Awards. The University’s own Students’ Union regularly plays host to bands, comedy gigs and other entertainment. Film fans will be treated to a range of multiplex cinemas throughout the city, as well as the University’s own full-time cinema, the Queen’s Film Theatre (QFT), which presents the best in classic and new world cinema.

Shop til you drop

Shop 'til you drop

Belfast offers shoppers a mix of big-name stores, designer boutiques, innovative arts and crafts shops and rejuvenated markets. City centre shopping centres such as Victoria Square and Castle Court offer a wide selection of High Street shops to suit all tastes, and there is also a variety of vintage, charity and low-cost outlets throughout this stylish city.

Food and drink

Food and drink to suit all tastes

From the finest European and world cuisine, to Michelin-starred local restaurants and budget cafes, Belfast offers something to suit every culinary taste and budget.

A great place to live

A great place to live

Although only 15 minutes' walk from the city centre, Queen’s University is located in a quiet and leafy residential suburb in south Belfast, close to the river and parks.

Read more about visiting Belfast

Life in Belfast is an unforgettable experience, especially since it's been named the least expensive city in the UK for students in the very latest Student Living Index 2015 survey.

The New York Times' Guide to 36 hours in Belfast

Visit Belfast - the official visitor website for the city

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